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Grades 6-8

Population Concepts unit

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SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Counting Populations, Carrying Capacity, Fertility/Mortality, Math - Large Numbers, Math - Population Growth Curves, Population Biology, Population Density, Population Pyramids

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom on basic population dynamics.

Understanding demographics is foundational to population studies. Students examine key population concepts including birth and death rate, carrying capacity, doubling time, and population density.


Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 9 lesson plans, 1 student reading and a summative assessment.
  • Strong math connections that provide students real-world context for understanding mathematical skills and principals.
  • Great for kinesthetic and spatial learning styles.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

All in the Family

- Students use beans to model population growth in several mystery countries while varying four key demographic factors. Students will be... Read more »

Measuring a Million

- Through riddles and cooperative learning math activities, students work through problems to calculate and visualize millions and billions of things... Read more »

Double Feature

- Students use mathematical formulas to calculate growth rates and doubling times, and to determine the difference between arithmetic and geometric... Read more »

Everything Counts

- Acting as store owners, students conduct a mini-census to identify their potential market and then use different estimation strategies to... Read more »

Stork and the Grim Reaper

- In a short demonstration using water and measuring cups, students observe how populations grow when the birth rate exceeds the... Read more »

Power of the Pyramids

- Students construct and interpret population pyramids for six countries and discuss differences in the population growth rates of each. Students... Read more »

Pop Ecology Files

- Students graph and interpret growth curves for six mystery species and humans. Students will be able to: Create and analyze... Read more »

Panther Hunt

- Students gain an understanding of carrying capacity when they act as predatory animals in a finite area and attempt to... Read more »

More the Merrier?

- Students demonstrate the effects of crowding in a “jumping jack” activity, discuss the pros and cons of population density, and... Read more »

Reading

Demography in Action

- Population concepts background reading: Understanding demographics is foundational to population studies. Students examine key population concepts including birth and death... Read more »

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